Some 2800 Canberra residents have signed up to the MyWay transport card scheme in just three days.
ACT transport minister, Jon Stanhope, said the success of the scheme is a positive such an early stage of the project.
“MyWay cards are already proving very popular with the community despite it still only being a few days into the five-week transition period,” Stanhope said.
“It is fantastic that so many people are going online to purchase their cards, and also setting up direct debit and BPAY options so they can set and forget, and also save five per cent on their bus travel.”
The scheme, which launched earlier this month, had an additional 6500 seniors sign up, with the popularity of having pre-paid transport appealing to commuters.
Stanhope said the reusable nature of MyWay cards was one way to build a picture of what Canberra’s key demographic looks like, as well as providing value for money for those living in the ACT.
“A daily fare cap will be in place for both concession and adult ticket holders, while a monthly cap will also mean that any trips taken over the capped amount during the calendar month will be free if people tag on and off,” Stanhope said.
The news comes as it was claimed last year that south-east Queensland's electronic Go Card ticketing system was the benchmark for Australian smart card systems, with Sydney pledging to install a similar system.
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